I am one week post-op today! Yay! I am feeling great but I am still under limitations–doctor’s orders. No driving. No reaching over my head. No lifting. No pushing/pulling (vacuuming/sweeping). I am allowed to walk. So, walk I have been doing. Yesterday I went for three (yes, three) walks. I checked out my step count on my fancy new Garmin yesterday at lunch time and I was already over 13,000 steps.
So, yes, I’m feeling pretty good. I find it difficult to sit still, so walking is the way to go.
What does recovery look like at one week post reconstruction surgery? My chest is still bruised (and, yes, that purple marker is still hanging on). I can tell that I am still retaining fluid; there’s some odd squish going on. So, I’m still not sure what I’m going to look like when this swelling goes down.
My hips are still bruised but they hurt less–just don’t go poking me or anything. Keep in mind that I bruise easily.
I cannot tell if I’m going to notice much of a difference after this swelling goes down. Dr. Hassid indicated that I should be excited but I can’t say I share his enthusiasm; I think I still look like me.
Recovering with the support of friends and family
I am grateful for the friends and family who have been checking up on me. They keep me sane. I’m not one to be happy in my solitude, and not being able to drive in a town that is unfriendly to pedestrians isn’t the best. If you are in my shoes, don’t hesitate to reach out to people; they want to help–let them!
Now, it’s time for my afternoon walk! Ciao!